Days Inn by Wyndham Calgary North Balzac
Being just outside of the City of Calgary proper, the Days Inn in Balzac near Cross Iron Mills outlet mall is usually a bit cheaper than staying within Calgary city limits. Still not exactly middle of nowhere thanks to the large mall nearby and access to highway, it’s not a bad option when visiting Calgary. Being North of Calgary, it’s just short drive from Calgary International Airport (YYC). The area is fairly new and being part of an International chain helps keeps standards of cleanliness and state of repair quite nice.
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Kensington Road NW
Within walking distance from Prince’s Island Park and the Peace Bridge, Kensington has a good selection of little boutiques and unique dining experiences. I especially enjoy Crave Cupcakes at one end of Kensington Road and Chicken on the Way at the far end of Kensington Road. Parking is often troublesome, but I can usually find a spot on the street further West towards 14th Street NW. The interesting part of Memorial Drive with the iconic street sign is also nearby.
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Originally a Canadian Pacific Railway hotel, I think the Fairmont Palliser is Calgary’s oldest, most historic and fanciest hotel. You can probably find old postcards of Calgary where the Palliser Hotel was the tallest building around. Now it’s surrounded by the Calgary Tower, and The Edison. Completed in 1914, the Palliser Hotel is an icon of Canada’s history with the railroad and the grand railway hotels. Today, managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (who was purchased by Canadian Pacific Hotels), it is still Calgary’s finest hotel in my books. I’m biased towards the Fairmont group of hotels in general, because of our love of the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise. For years now, since we don’t really have things that we want, my wife and I had standardized our gifts to each other for special occasions as Fairmont gift cards and stay whenever possible. Never expire and good in any currency.
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